Looking for something to do outside in the crisp fall weather? Our Sculpture Garden at The Kemp is open to the public during all regular business hours. And check out our new Otocast Audio Tour available on the Otocast app: Listen on your smartphone to the artists discussing their work as you walk through the exhibit!

Otocast for iOS
Otocast for Google Play

UPDATE: (Friday, October 9, 2020)

Both The Kemp and The Forum are open to guests Monday-Friday 9 am – 5 pm.

The Kemp is also open Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm.

The grounds at The Kemp are open during all open business hours.

We are currently open to 50% occupancy and are set up for appropriate social distancing requirements. Mask are required in any location where it is impossible to maintain 6 foot social distancing. For classes and camps, students aged 10 and up and all teachers are required to wear masks.

Please monitor our social media pages for the most up-to-date information on our programming content. Links can be found at the bottom of this page.

We provide extensive arts programming and education throughout the year.  From classes to gallery exhibits to special events, our goal is to supports arts and learning in our community.  To see a complete listing of our many programming events, please click the “PROGRAMS” tab above or this link.

FALL CLASSES are open for limited registration.

Scroll with arrows or swipe for a complete list, or click on the Education menu tab above!

OUR CURRENT EXHIBITS ARE NOW OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

(see our Exhibits page for previous and upcoming exhibit listings)

Check out our videos for a look at what we’ve been doing.

Welcome to The Arts Council: one name for two historic and innovative buildings.

The mission of the Arts Council is to nurture and strengthen the artistic, cultural, and educational quality of the community and surrounding area. We are dedicated to raising arts awareness in the region through our community art programming and venues.

The Arts Council is comprised of two historic buildings: The Kemp and The Forum.  Through extensive capital campaigns and broad community support, we have renovated and restored each of these buildings to return them to their former glory and re-purpose each to create viable arts and cultural centers for generations to come. The buildings are official Texas historical and Wichita Falls landmarks.

The Kemp (1300 Lamar Street) was built in 1917 as a public library.  In 1998 the derelict building was leased to the Arts Council and currently the building and grounds house 5 gallery exhibit spaces, three classrooms and an auditorium.

The Forum (2120 Speedway Avenue) began in 1927 as the home of The Woman’s Forum, a women’s social and philanthropic organization. In 2010 the aging building was deeded to the Arts Council. Currently known as “The Forum”, the building helps support the Arts Council’s Performance Arts programming and provides over 12000 square feet of room rental.

Guests, patrons and students from across Texas and Oklahoma come to The Kemp and The Forum to enjoy live entertainment and performances, local and national visual arts exhibitions, and outstanding arts education classes.  Both facilities are available to rent, whether for an elegant outdoor wedding, a stand-out theater performance, or an all-day corporate meeting.  Our wide range of facilities across both campuses offer multiple rental options for every vision and budget.

The Arts Council is proud to have served the greater Wichita Falls community for 25 years.  In that time, we’ve grown to encompass the heart of arts education in Wichita Falls. Looking forward, our mission is to expand our current platform for visual and performance arts while increasing educational outreach to the community.


For information on our staff, board of trustees, member organizations and more, click on the “About” tab in the menu at the top of the page!

At the Arts Council WF we firmly and passionately believe the arts are vital to the well-being of all people.

We’ve been actively working to make as much arts programming service available as possible, from online interactive classes to our outdoor and indoor gallery exhibits to in-person summer camps. 

As we move forward through this new environment we plan to add more digital and on-site content.  Check back here and on our social media sites for up-to-the-minute updates!

FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL MEDIA for all the latest news!

Arts Council WF is at Kemp Center for the Arts (Arts Council Wf).
Arts Council WF

October 30th

A beautiful and sunny fall weekend calls for exploring outside! If you haven't checked out the Sculpture Garden at The Kemp, now is the time to take a self-guided {and socially distanced} tour and get inspired by the sculpture and grounds.

We have teamed up with awesome folks from the Otocast app and you can now listen to interviews with the artists describing their entry into this year's show with GPS-activated map showing the location of each piece on the grounds. 📱 The app is free to download for iOS and Android!

Located at The Kemp Center for the Arts.
📍 1300 Lamar Street, Wichita Falls, TX
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Arts Council WF is at The Forum Wichita Falls (Arts Council WF).
Arts Council WF

October 30th

Now showing at The Galleria at The Forum: THE ARTISTRY
Exhibit is up now through December 30th
See more of their work online at https://bit.ly/2Gbfhgu.

“We are six ladies in a working studio where we paint, critique, socialize, plan community projects and create fine art. Like the branches of a tree, we want to share our knowledge with our community so it distributed like leaves. We welcome the public: come in and let us discuss art. It’s about the color, the dried paint and your perspective.” ~The Artistry Group

Kim Ward – Art is my air. Changing colors, changing times, changing perspectives.

Marion Helmick – I have the soul of an artisan and love to explore different mediums.

Jackie Phillips – My art is an expression of memories and wishes.

Sharon McCluskey – I enjoy painting in acrylics and oil and learning new techniques.

LaDonna Lucas – Art is created from the heart. The journey is finding my style, my heart’s passion.

Gale Lewis – Works range from rustic motifs to eclectic pieces. Art is my sanctuary.
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October 29th

It’s a lovely evening for an opening reception! Jason Bly’s new exhibit is now open in the NorthLight Gallery and we invite you to stop in and take a look. The show will be hanging until January 9th.

In his current work, Bly creates oil paintings that explore the connections between technology, simulation, and the everyday experience. Traditional paintings methods are used to mimic graphic design sensibilities combined with realistically painted objects from life.
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October 29th

Renovations are starting at The Forum! You may see a very large crane in our parking lot this week, as Ferguson Veresh does a change out on our rooftop AC units. Don’t worry if you have an upcoming rental, you’re our top priority! ... See MoreSee Less

October 28th

Now that Mystery Art 2020 is officially in the books, we can reveal our artists and want to congratulate the Judge's Award Winners this year! All of our artists deserve a big round of applause for their work and dedication to this event. 👏

And thank you again to our judges: Karen Stamper (artist), Danny Bills (Curator of Collections, Wichita Falls Museum of Art at MSU Texas) and Elizabeth Hunt Blanc (Director, Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas Museum)
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August 20th

Texoma Gives is an amazing day of giving and the Arts Council WF is honored to be a part of it. Your donations and contributions support our arts education and programming that reaches the entire community! Please remember us on September 10th!

📲 texomagives.org/organizations/arts-council-wfArts Council WF is participating in #TexomaGives. This nonprofit joins over 200 other nonprofits to raise money on Sept. 10!

Check out why you should donate to them here: https://www.texomagives.org/organizations/arts-council-wf
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August 17th

Did you know that our Arts Alive Home and Garden Festival featured artist is chosen from our Mystery Art exhibit the year prior? Here's a look forward to 2021 and back at 2020!

2021 Featured Artist: Sally Struck
2020 Featured Artist: Cynthia Westbrook

Maybe the piece you enter this year will be the featured piece for 2022! For more info and to apply visit artscouncilwf.org/mystery-art-fest.
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April 26th

✔️ Like, ✔️ Follow and ✔️ Share our new page to stay in the know!

Arts Council WF is our new page, dedicated to bringing you all the news, updates, events and information about our organization. All in ONE place!The Arts Council is proud to have served the greater Wichita Falls area for the last 25 years, and have grown to encompass the heart of arts education in our community! Find out more about our mission and who we are: artscouncilwf.org

What we provide:
• 5000+ students inspired to life-long and life-changing learning
• Distance Learning – reaching 1000+ local and rural students each month with real-time classroom instruction
• Art In Transition –teaching art in the county jails system
• Meeting place for 50+ Local Member Organizations
• Art center providing a welcoming local destination for both tourists and locals
• 30,000+ visitors brought to Wichita Falls through Arts Council programming
• 20,000+ visitors at Home & Garden, Mystery Art, ArtZeum and Cowboy True events
• 28 unique gallery exhibits featuring local, regional and national visual artists
• Two lovingly renovated and restored historical buildings available for public and private use - Kemp Center for the Arts & The Forum Wichita Falls
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April 15th

SAVE THE DATE! 🗓
The 2021 Arts Alive! Home and Garden Festival is scheduled for Feb. 27 & 28 and we are already looking forward to seeing you all next spring.

For more info on the show and vendors, please visit homeandgardenwf.org.
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October 21st

Hey, good lookin'... Check out this beauty in Downtown Wichita Falls! We couldn't be more excited about the new Cowboy True bike rack on the corner of 8th and Scott Street, in front of Texoma Community Credit Union. ... See MoreSee Less

October 20th

Cowboy True is getting its very own bike rack in Downtown Wichita Falls tomorrow! Be on the lookout for it on Scott Street in front of the City National Bank building. You'll be able to spot our signature Turquoise blue from down the street! 👀 ... See MoreSee Less

September 9th

Congratulations to Dr. James Ridenour on your winning bid for the Inks Ranch Hunting Package auction! ALL proceeds will be going directly to Whispers of Hope Horse Farm and their goal of PATH Certification. We are so grateful for everyone who bid on this auction item and participated in Cowboy True 2020. ... See MoreSee Less